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Questions tagged [word-usage]

This tag is for questions about correctly using a word. The word has to be provided within the question. The question should be limited to the usage of one word. For the usage of complete phrases there is the tag phrase-usage.

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Use of “subjected” instead of “mentioned”

Few of my colleagues are using the word "subjected" as an adjective in their mails. For example: "Editing has been done for the subjected title", instead of "Editing has been done for above ...
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Understand the usage of hitherto

My friend told me the following sentence: we show that XXX indeed constitute a broad set of infamous vulnerabilities and more subtle issues that are uncovered by previous research can be ...
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The use of Vice from the phrase vice versa

Can vice be used in a sentence in the following way. "I would recommend using this product, vice, the other one."
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Can I use “keypoint” as a single word?

In the project that I'm currently working on, we often use so called "key points" - in image processing these are characteristic points (interest points) on images. I'm wondering - is it okay to use "...
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What's different between “put house down” and “put house up”

They put their house down as loan collateral. He put his house up as collateral for his business loan. What's different between 'down' and 'up' in these sentences?
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“I teach myself”

Is it grammatically correct to say “I teach myself subject”? Context: my girlfriend is Italian, and remarked that “I teach myself” has no meaningful equivalent in Italian — ordinarily they would use “...
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Is “A is associated with B” equivalent to “B is associated with A?” [closed]

Can we use equivalently "A is associated with B" and "B is associated with A"??
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can “naughty” be used to describe a child who didn't behave?

my opinion is "YES". The reason why I even asked is that this American friend strongly suggested never use it since it carries sexual suggestiveness. I, however, believe the usage heavily depends on ...
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Whats a word for someone who thinks everything is easy? [closed]

I saw this word on a reddit post but I can't find that post no more but its describes a person who thinks everything is easy, and is very douchy. When you ask them a question, they'll be like, "oh ...
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Using whom in a sentence [closed]

Can I use 'whom' in this case referring to more people? "With whom would you fill those empty seats?"
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Draft Beer or Draught Beer (In Canada)

There's a few threads on here about draft vs draught, but I couldn't find an answer to my question. As a preface, I'm Canadian, and know that draft (US) and draught (UK) are generally interchangeable,...
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“he said no to anything containing sugar” or “he said no to everything containing sugar”? [migrated]

I don't know which sounds more correct but I think the latter is the one to go with.
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What is the role of “much” immediately after a noun?

Child development specialists believe that confining babies much of the time to strollers, high chairs, playpens, and walkers can inhibit muscle development. I came across this sentence and wanted to ...
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“The page address” or “the address of the page”? [migrated]

Which would be more correct: “The page address” or “the address of the page” in the sentence: “Check the page address, or use the form below to search the site:” in the meaning of the URL?
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What « Super User » mean in the StackEchange network? [closed]

I recently browsed into the Stack Exhange page and saw a Community called « Super User » and even after looking for a definition online I found the following: a consumer of electrical power. Which ...
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Is there a word for swear word substitutes? [duplicate]

Is there a specific name for swear word alternatives? I know about synonyms, but was wondering if there is a specific word to describe when a substitute is created for a swear word (e.g. "dang" or "...
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'In', 'on', or "to'?

So, I'm writing a story and in this specific sentence I've written "He could give you a head start to finding out who you are". I'm just wondering if 'to' is the correct word usage here or if 'in' or '...
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Correct grammatical use of mentioning 2 people conjoined with “and” [duplicate]

Suppose there are 2 people, let's call them Adam and Eve. Adam was talking to one of his friends, mentioning himself and Eve. Which one would be the correct grammatical use, examples listed below. (...
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Any more+comparitive+than

I heard a person saying, “That place is not any more riskier than this place”. (And it wasn’t about time- like how it has changed from earlier to now) I thought it’s grammatically incorrect to say so. ...
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“All the apples” or “All apples”? [duplicate]

Which one is correct? "All the apples on the tree are ripe" or "All apples on the tree are ripe".
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“On me” vs “I currently have”

I have 10 dollars on me. I currently have 10 dollars. Does the first sentence imply that I have 10 dollars in my pocket right now or I always have 10 dollars in my pocket? I understand the ...
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Formality and politeness of the word fine

I was wondering what I should use to sound more polite. "If you are with it" or "If it is fine with you?" Thanks
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Can you use the word alight in this way?

For as long as I can remember I've believed that the word alight could also be used to mean something like took flight, or took to the air. As in: "The bird alighted from the branch." Or: "His prayers ...
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Most common words in spoken english

I've seen lists of the most common words in English, compiled from bodies of text. Normally "the" is ranked first, "and" and "to" are quite high, etc. But this is only written English. I wonder ...
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Booklet as insulation for home?

At the next village, the team tossed out the trial booklets, but when the villagers began collecting them, the team shifted to handing the booklets out—as insulation for the villagers’ homes. An ...
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Is Double room the same as master bedroom?

I am translating a touristic text and I have encountered this difficulty. In Spanish, we say "habitación de matrimonio", which means something like "the room of the couple of the house, the room for ...
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How to use up-to-date with time indications

The last time my data were updated in my report was last midnight. I want to write below the report something like: "The data in this report are up-to-date to last midnight" but it sounds awful. How ...
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causative passive vs simple past

I have some confusion about the doer in these sentences: (1) I should fix my PC. (2) I fixed my PC. (2) I should have my PC fixed. (3) I should have my homework done by tomorrow. so who is the ...
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Alternate sentence for I reached home [closed]

I saw a creepy man coming towards me I start running straight to my home. After "i reached home" I locked all the doors and windows. In this para what alternative word can I use instead of "I reached ...
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Making a stipulative definition

In a philosophical text (not related to jurisprudence) I would like to explicitly make a stipulative definition. I can't quite make it sound good. Some attempts I stipulatively define X to mean ... ...
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Choosing the most idiomatic sentence

Which one is more idiomatic? My greatest achievement is the first prize in a modeling competition. OR My greatest achievement is winning the first prize in a modeling competition.
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Use of “in” vs. “During”

Which is more correct to use here? During or in? A PhD and MA holder are having a disagreement. During 1966, the program expanded to Gulkana and Wolverine glaciers in Alaska (Meier and others, 1971)...
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What word can be used to describe an ideal situation based on finding companions?

I'm writing a paper analyzing Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, and one of the pieces of evidence I am using in a section is the following quote: Weary's version of the true war story went like ...
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The word 'hub' as an effective center

It seems that the word 'hub' is beginning to gain popularity as 'an effective center'. My questions is, when do people start using it in this sense?
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Can banger (in context of a song) be used as a noun?

I wrote this sentence and something seems off about it: Some of their stuff are complete bangers. Can't place my finger on what's wrong. Is banger not supposed to be used as a noun? or is it not ...
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What is the opposite of a Pyrrhic Victory called?

What is a term for something that is the opposite of a Pyrrhic Victory? As an example, Mark Twain gave a lecture in New York at Cooper's Union which lost money (they "papered the house" out of fear ...
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Why “blinked” in this context?

I originally asked this over on gaming.stackexchange.com as it concerns terminology used in a video game, but I was told it belonged here instead, so here goes. In the video game Pokémon Mystery ...
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Using “Mix of” with one object

"Mix of" is most frequently used to show that two or more items are included in the creation of something. Is it still grammatically correct to use "mix of" when there's only one item, but the item is ...
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What does “Potato Cat” mean when you point this to a person?

I saw this phrase many times on Twitter. But, I don't know the exact usage or meaning this phrase portrays. Can anyone please enlighten me with the definition you think is accurate! Thanks in advance!
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What would be the appropriate word for this project title: “optimal”, “optimum”, or “ideal”? [closed]

I'm looking to create an appropriate title for a science fair project and I'm questioning which of these three words would be most grammatically appropriate and correct: "optimal","optimum" or "ideal"....
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Usage of “optimize” [closed]

Say I want to maximize the production of corn by controlling factors X, Y, Z. In english, do I say 1) I want to optimize corn yield/production (optimal response) OR 2) I want to optimize the level of ...
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Is it appropriate to use “to ignore” as a stative verb? (as a synonymous to “to be ignorant of”)

Suppose I ask you: "What is her name?" is the following answer ok? "I cannot tell you, I ignore it" Or should I rather answer to in proper English: " I cannot tell you, I am ignorant of it" Does "...
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Example of history and historical [closed]

I have read the previous topics but still dont know where I should use history or historical in the following examples. Athens is a historic / historical city This chair is historic / historical ...
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Is there any word to say “is it clear” [closed]

If I have to ask someone that "is it clear" then what word should I use?
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Help me understand the usage of “edition” in “Apple Watch Edition”

I am not sure how to put this, but shouldn't it be < Apple Watch > < _____ Edition >? In my understanding, it is usually product followed by edition, and something to indicate what edition it ...
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Are these kinds of sentences correct? [closed]

Today when I was thinking these sentences came to my mind. I want to know whether these are gramatically correct or not. The mechanic can make it be of no use. John can make this book be like an ...
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The meaning of ‘otherwise’ [closed]

I’m really confused about the meaning of otherwise in this sentence. From my understanding, otherwise is used to express what would happen on the contrary. However, in this context, the clause ...
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Usage of “arising”

just a short question, since I was told that I am using the word incorrectly, but I don't know how to fix it. In my dissertation, I am often using "the arising stresses", e.g. in the form of: (1) "...
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What is the difference between “uncertainty” and “uncertainly” [closed]

Context: I was reading a book and came across the word “uncertainty” as I never saw this word before it makes me confuse. According to Dictionnary, the definition of uncertainty is: The state of ...
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Would you say “reading books ”is“ or ”are“” [closed]

This is the sentence where it's used: "First of all reading books are important because it develops the mind."